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After a Torture-Filled Abduction, a Survivor Speaks

Nicholas Kollias: 'I didn't want to die and give in to these people'

(Newser) - A University of Rochester student who endured a nearly two-day abduction in late 2015 is still getting his legs back after the terrifying incident, and while it hasn't been easy, Nicholas Kollias is determined to persevere. The Chicago Tribune revisits how the classical pianist and athlete from the Chicago... More »

Hong Kong Billionaire Has Mysteriously Gone Missing

Mystery deepens on whereabouts, reason for alleged abduction of Xiao Jianhua

(Newser) - A website rumor was just the start of a mystery that involves a missing Canadian billionaire and a possible abduction from a ritzy Hong Kong hotel by Chinese cops. The BBC reports on Xiao Jianhua, who was reported missing over the weekend and has been the subject of conflicting reports... More »

Family Braces for Trial in Daughter's 1984 Murder

Candace Derkson was 13 when she was abducted in Canada

(Newser) - When Candace Derksen went missing on her way home from school in Winnipeg in the fall of 1984, it took six weeks for volunteers to find her body—just a few hundred yards from her home, in a storage shed, where the 13-year-old who loved horses had been bound with... More »

Newborn Taken From Mother in 1998 Found Alive in SC

Kamiyah Mobley was abducted 8 hours after her birth

(Newser) - An incredible story out of Florida—and, now, South Carolina. Kamiyah Mobley, taken from her mother's Jacksonville hospital room when she was just 8 hours old in 1998, has been found alive and healthy in Walterboro, SC. The Times-Union reports her current identity is being withheld, but it's... More »

Man Gets 155 Years for Crime 'Worse Than Homicide'

Torture of college students 'almost indescribable': prosecutor

(Newser) - A 27-year-old man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after two college students were lured to a Rochester, NY, home by two women, then tied up and beaten over 40 hours in a horrifying crime that could have come from the script of a Quentin Tarantino movie,... More »

Cops: Boy, 11, Helped Save Girl From Kidnapper

Texas boy saw man snatch girl off scooter

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was saved from a kidnapper thanks to the impressive actions of 11-year-old TJ Smith, say police in Wichita Falls, Texas. TJ tells KAUZ that he saw alleged kidnapper Raeshawn Perez grab the girl when she was playing outside Saturday afternoon. "She was riding her scooter and... More »

MetLife Employee Disappears Without a Trace

Parents of Danielle Stislicki suspect foul play

(Newser) - A 28-year-old MetLife employee in Southfield, Mich., has been missing since she left work around 5pm on Dec. 2, and as the days crawl by, her parents fear their oldest of four has been the target of foul play. Danielle Stislicki is a "people person" who's both "... More »

Tired of Kidnappings, Mexicans Kidnap Gang Leader's Mom

Vigilantes say they're 'legitimate self-defense force' against Raybel Jacobo de Almonte, posse

(Newser) - The way to a Mexican gang leader's heart isn't his stomach—it's his mom. At least, that's what vigilantes in a Mexican town in southern Guerrero state are banking on, holding hostage the mother of drug kingpin Raybel Jacobo de Almonte, aka "El Tequilero,"... More »

47 Years After Girl's Abduction, a Big Break

Australian police eye new suspect, likely in his 60s

(Newser) - Australian police are chasing a mysterious suspect almost 47 years after a British girl disappeared from a beach during a family trip. Cheryl Grimmer's family had recently moved to Australia when police believe the 3-year-old was abducted from changing rooms at Fairy Meadow Beach in Wollongong on Jan. 12,... More »

Husband: Sherri Papini Weighed 87 Lbs. When Found

Says his wife suffered 'both intense physical agony and severe mental torture'

(Newser) - Keith Papini says his wife suffered "both intense physical agony and severe mental torture" while held captive for 22 days, and anyone spreading "disgusting" rumors "should be ashamed of their malicious, subhuman behavior." In a statement to ABC News , the husband of Sherri Papini—who flagged... More »

Abductor Picks Up Ransom; Victim Found Dead Anyway

Theresa Wiltse is in custody

(Newser) - A woman acknowledged kidnapping another woman and picking up a $250,000 ransom that authorities handed over in hopes of the safe return of the victim, but her body was found along a rural road in Washington state two days later, a police report said Monday. Police tailed and arrested... More »

Jacob Wetterling's Family Confronts Boy's Killer

Danny Heinrich sentenced to 20 years for 11-year-old's murder—but not before Jacob's loved ones spoke

(Newser) - It was a tense, emotional courtroom scene in Minneapolis Monday morning as one chapter in the abduction, sexual assault, and murder of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling came to a close. At a US District Court hearing for 53-year-old Danny Heinrich, who was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on one... More »

Elite Anti-Kidnapping Unit Rescues American Judge

Colombia captors demanded $33K ransom

(Newser) - Colombian authorities say they've safely rescued a Los Angeles-area judge kidnapped almost a week ago while on vacation in the South American nation. Police say Judge Benny Osorio's captors had demanded a $33,000 ransom for his release. An elite anti-kidnapping unit using intelligence information rescued the judge... More »

Mexican Priest Alive, but With 'Notable Signs of Torture'

Rev. Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz had been abducted 3 days earlier

(Newser) - Since September, four Roman Catholic priests in Mexico have been abducted—and only one has come back alive. That priest, the Rev. Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz, was found "dumped, with notable signs of torture" three days after he disappeared from the state of Veracruz, a bishop tells the AP... More »

Family Fears Missing Jogger Was 'Taken'

Sherri Papini vanished Wednesday in California

(Newser) - Family members fear a California woman has been abducted after she went for a jog on Wednesday and never returned. Sherri Papini, a 34-year-old mother of two, seemingly vanished while jogging around 2pm Wednesday near her home in a rural neighborhood of Redding, reports Redding's Record Searchlight . Relatives say... More »

Murdered Woman's 3 Missing Kids Found at NM Motel

2 suspects—including slain California woman's sister—still on the run

(Newser) - A huge sigh of relief in a troubling case came Wednesday as authorities found the three missing kids of a murdered woman in a New Mexico motel, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kimberly Harvill was found slain on the side of a California road on Aug. 14, and her three... More »

Sources: El Chapo's Kidnapped Son Freed

He was captured after 'partying too much,' insider says

(Newser) - After some presumably very tense negotiations, the kidnapped son of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been freed by his captors, multiple sources tell CNN . Jesus Alfredo Guzman—not older brother Ivan, who was named in earlier reports—was among six people gunmen seized from a restaurant in... More »

Son of 'El Chapo' May Be Kidnapped

Ivan Guzman seen as too flashy, may have annoyed other gang members

(Newser) - The brazen kidnapping at a Mexican resort on Monday may have netted a big prize for the kidnappers: the son of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo," reports Reuters . Between seven and eight armed men snatched six other men early Monday from a high-end restaurant in a Puerto Vallarta,... More »

At Upscale Restaurant in Mexico, a Massive Abduction

All those involved appear to be members of criminal organizations

(Newser) - Armed men abducted 10 to 12 presumed members of a crime gang who appeared to be celebrating at an upscale restaurant in the popular Mexican beach resort city of Puerto Vallarta, authorities said Monday. Jalisco state prosecutor Eduardo Almaguer said at a news conference that preliminary results of the investigation... More »

In Accused Killer's Barn, a Horrifying Hidden Room

James Worley could have more victims: police

(Newser) - The man accused of killing a cyclist in Ohio could have more victims, police say, based on a horrifying discovery on his property west of Toledo. In a hidden room in a barn owned by James Worley, secured with a ratchet strap and blocked by hay, officers say they found... More »

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